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2066 Forecast

Yes, that says 2066 in the headline and not 2006. They’ve also got a 2026 forecast too.
Who? Why the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of course, It’s the 60th anniversary of their founding.
It is quilte fun – speculative in an inventive kind of way. I liked the look back at 1946 too, and its sense of optimism.
Here’s the release:
“Setting the standard for 60 years
2006 marks the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Economist Intelligence Unit. To celebrate our birthday, we have produced a report that appraises the crucial global developments which have taken place over the past sixty years, and then speculates on what lies in store for business and economies over the next 60 years.
Celebrating 60 years…with a glimpse of the future. [PDF 3.24 MB]
Our specially commissioned report provides:
– A look back at some of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s past triumphs, including a prescient report on Iraq market entry strategies (published in 1961 but surely still of use today) and an analysis of the market for frogs legs in France.
– An assessment of the fierce rivalry between the Economist Intelligence Unit and its sister organisation, The Economist, both on and off the cricket pitch.
– A review of the key developments which have shaped the world and business in the past 60 years, from the expanding output to expanding waistlines.
– An informed look ahead to 2026, including the likely impact of an ageing population in the developed world and the expected course of globalisation.
– A somewhat more speculative look at 2066, suggesting a list of potential new countries and global companies, and wondering how the world will cope with rising sea levels, nuclear proliferation, and average London house prices reaching five million pounds.
Find out more about the Economist Intelligence Unit at 60.”

Posted on: December 29, 2006, 10:13 am Category: Uncategorized

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